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Hawks and the Matador Ranch

May 5, 2010

A satisfying day afield.  One ranch with one creek; 21 miles of it surveyed.  Numerous hawks sighted, with mule and whitetail deer constantly moving all over the landscape.  I was surprised to find a cottonwood log cabin that had been used by the rancher’s grandmother as her homestead claim shack; it was standing on her dry land claim when she arrived back in 1910.  Originally it had been one of the line cabins for the Matador Land & Cattle Company whose owners were investors back in Dundee, Scotland.  A throw-back to the days of Murdo MacKenzie, the Turkey Track, and the open range in the Dakota Territory.

— JM

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